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The mission of the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is to catalyze, support, and safeguard U-M research. OVPR has numerous teams focused on providing critical support to researchers and academic units across U-M's three campuses.
The Associate Director of Research Intelligence will lead and support a new effort to help U-M proactively identify and respond to emerging national and global research trends, including those set by federal and private sector funders, to strengthen capacity for strategic decision-making for university initiatives and funding applications. This position will directly report to the Associate Vice President for Research - Strategic Initiatives and will work closely with teams across OVPR including faculty and staff in research development, public engagement, research foundation partnerships, federal relations, and research analytics.
This position can be based on U-M's Ann Arbor campus, U-M's Washington DC office, or fully remote depending on skills and experience, with semi-regular visits to the Ann Arbor campus required.
A successful candidate must have outstanding interpersonal skills to work well with a range of researchers and internal and external (to the University) partners; have a strong understanding of the U.S. research funding landscape; and be able to collect and synthesize information and data to support the identification and actionable insights related to emerging research trends, opportunities, and strategic priorities. The successful candidate will also instill diversity, equity and inclusion principles that will guide program governance and decision making.
Responsibilities of this job will include, but are not limited to:
Strategic Planning and Leadership
Work with OVPR and other university leadership to develop and drive a strategy for creating research forecasting capabilities and then distributing and acting on intelligence.
Oversee all operations, planning, and activities of the team.
Provide oversight, leadership, and supervision of staff, including hiring and training new staff members as needed.
Build and strengthen active relationships and engagement with key constituencies, including internal and external experts.
Represent U-M externally through engagement with representatives from other institutions, sponsors, or other organizations.
Develop and manage internal advisory committees and working groups.
Identify and nominate researchers to serve on external advisory committees, panels, and other engagement opportunities.
Organize, synthesize, and present synthesized information to the U-M research community.
Oversee internal and external communications about U-M strengths and emerging opportunities.
Prepare, disseminate, and aid in the development of strategic responses to routine "landscape" reports that forecast emerging trends and opportunities in federal and non-federal research.
Strong familiarity with emerging issues in U.S. research funding across a range of sectors (e.g., government, academia, nonprofits, industry).
Demonstrated experience synthesizing complex information and presenting it to a range of stakeholders.
Demonstrated ability to work at a high-level and manage a team across hybrid and/or remote working environments.
Ph.D. or other advanced degree.
Experience developing strategic plans.
Direct experience with research intelligence, competitive intelligence, or related fields.
Five or more years of combined experience working at institutions of higher education, research organizations, federal agencies, and/or nonprofit organizations.
Strong relationship building skills through supporting committees or boards and convening expert panels.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.